Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president and former president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna on Tuesday said it was unfortunate that DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK and general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa were passing irrational comments against Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC), an autonomous organisation of a sovereign country taking care of the religious places of the Sikh minority community.
"Both GK and Sirsa have limited knowledge that Pakistan is the only country which has facilitated the Sikh minority by forming the PSGPC for management of historic gurdwaras in Pakistan. "Though Sikhs have been living in every corner of the globe, such a facility has been provided only by Pakistan," Sarna said.
He said they were thankful to the Pakistan government and Waqf Board for constitution of the PSGPC in 2000 that had provided an opportunity to Sikhs to look after and manage their historic gurdwaras independently.
"Before the formation of the PSGPC, it was the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which made arrangements at historic gurdwaras in Pakistan during Gurparb celebrations," Sarna said, adding that at that time not even a single penny was spent on the development of these gurdwaras, and after the formation of the PSGPC the maintenance and renovation of the buildings had been done.
Sarna said the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1948 had held that the lands and properties belonging to Sikh gurdwaras could not be allotted to anyone or auctioned. He said this was the reason the lands and properties attached to gurdwaras were still safe.